Holiday House in Karuizawa? Interview with Karuizawa Chuo Consultant Corporation

February 17th, 2011 by
Category: Report
One of leisure activities in green season is playing golf.  Karuizawa has a number of scenic golf courses.
You can enjoy skiing anytime in winter.  When you go down the slope, Karuizawa Town and Mt. Asama will come into view.

When the Japanese hear the word “Karuizawa”, many will associate it with high-class holiday houses.  Karuizawa is one of the most famous and prestigious places in Japan to have holiday homes.  Indeed, the number of holiday houses far outnumbers that of permanent residential ones. 

Why is Karuizawa so popular to have a second house?  To find the answer to this question, I visited a real estate company called Karuizawa Chuo Consultant Corporation and interviewed with the President, Mr. Kanayama.  The company has been in operation for more than 30 years in Karuizawa.  When you want to know better about a place, it is always best to talk to a local real estate professional.  He said that having a holiday home was one option to enjoy local life and tourism to the full.  

“Karuizawa’s history as a holiday resort started with a visit by Mr. Alexander Croft Shaw, a Canadian missionary,” said Mr. Kanayama.  “He praised Karuizawa for its beautiful nature and Western-like cool climate and built the very first holiday house.  He called this land ‘a hospital without a roof’, because he thought Karuizawa’s refreshing climate and nature had a good effect on health.  And so Mr. Shaw recommended his friends to have holiday cottages here.  Karuizawa thus began to flourish as a mountain resort with many holiday homes.”

“Then what are present attractions of Karuizawa as a place to have a vacation home?” I asked.  “First of all, Karuizawa is conveniently located in terms of access, ” explained Mr. Kanayama.  “If you take Nagano Shinkansen, it takes only little more than one hour from Tokyo.  Expressways are also well connected if you come by car.  Not only Tokyo but also many popular regional tourist spots such as Kusatsu and Zenkoji Temple are within easy access.  Secondly, you will be fascinated with four distinctive seasons; spring with beautiful young leaves, cool summer, colorful autumn, and white winter.   Thirdly, there are many good places for shopping and eating, like supermarkets, a large shopping mall, and a variety of fine restaurants that serve great food.  Fourthly, Karuizawa is an ideal place to enjoy sporting activities like playing golf and skiing.  Furthermore, Karuizawa is suitable not only for private holidays but also for a variety of purposes.  One example is that many companies have their own recreation facilities for their employees and another is that Karuizawa can host domestic and international conferences.  Attractions are countless.”

I learned a lot about Karuizawa by this interview.  If you wish to know more about Karuizawa, why not visit Karuizawa Chuo Consultant Corporation?  The staff will kindly tell you a lot more.

Beautiful rural area called “Hocchi” with a wonderful view of Mt. Asama in summer.
Kumoba Pond is widely known as an autumn leaves viewing point.  Why not take a walk around the pond?

Staff of Karuizawa Chuo Consultant Corporation. I interviewed with Mr. Kanayama (left).


Outlook of Karuizawa Chuo Consultant Corporation located near Nakakaruizawa Station.


Mt. Asama and Mt. Hanare viewed from Yagasaki Park. The park's lake is mostly frozen in winter.

Name of the facility Karuizawa Chuo Consulting Corporation
Description of business Real estate brokerage, survey, design
Tel 0267-45-8715 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-45-8205 (Japan country code: 81)
Address 17-11, Nakakaruizawa, Karuizawa, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0112, Japan
Reservations and inquiries Email, fax or telephone
Access Go out of “Nakakaruizawa” Station of Shinano Tetsudo Railway and walk straight on into Route 18.  Walk 150 meters to the direction of Kasatsu, and then you’ll see Karuizawa Chuo Consulting Corporation on your left.
Operating dates and hours Open 8:30-17:30 from Mon to Fri (closed on Sat, Sun and national holidays).  Contact by phone is available 365 days a year.
Rates and other prices Please contact the company.
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Old Town) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). (Click “English” button.)